Fort Wayne Trooper arrests a combative drunk driver

NEW HAVEN –  Late Wednesday night an Indiana State Police trooper arrested a drunken Fort Wayne driver on felony charges after a traffic stop in New Haven turned combative.

At approximately 11:30 p.m an ISP Trooper stopped a silver Volvo passenger car on State Road 930 just east of Adams Center Road near the Hometown Inn.  During the course of the traffic stop, the trooper suspected the driver to be intoxicated, when asking him to step out of the car to further the investigation. 

The driver, 46-year-old Dennis Kevin Boyd, of Fort Wayne, refused to cooperate with the trooper’s verbal directions, and then became physically combative. As the physical altercation escalated, Lemberg attempted to de-escalate the conflict by deploying his Taser, but the Taser was ineffective. 

A brief foot chase ensued prior to Boyd being taken to the ground.  Back-up officers from New Haven PD arrived on the scene and assisted Lemberg with getting Boyd secured in handcuffs.  

EMS personnel from New Haven Fire Department were summoned to the scene to provide medical attention to both Boyd and the trooper.  Boyd had injuries to his shoulder and facial area, and the trooper suffered injuries to his hands and knee. 

Boyd was transported by EMS under a Fort Wayne police escort to a local area hospital for further medical evaluation- prior to being medically cleared for incarceration in the Allen County jail.  The trooper refused medical treatment.

Boyd was booked into custody at the Allen County Jail on charges of resisting law enforcement, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, public intoxication, and refusing to identify.

He was also found to have an outstanding arrest warrant out of Adams County for a violation of probation, so after his initial appearance, he will remain held pending transfer to Adams County.

Trooper Brent Lemberg was assisted in this incident by several troopers from the Fort Wayne Post, officers from New Haven PD, Fort Wayne PD, New Haven Fire-EMS, and Parker’s Wrecker Service.